Coroners

Coroners record and investigate sudden, unexpected and violent deaths. Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for North Wales (East and Central) covering Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Flintshire, is Mr John Gittins LL.B (Hons) Solicitor.

Not all deaths are reported to the coroner, in most cases, a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death so that it can be registered by the registrar. 

When is a coroner involved?

A death should be reported to the coroner when a doctor knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that the death: 

  • Occurred as a result of poisoning, the use of a controlled drug, medicinal product, or toxic chemical; 
  • Occurred as a result of trauma, violence or physical injury, whether inflicted intentionally or otherwise;
  • Is related to any treatment or procedure of a medical or similar nature;
  • Occurred as a result of self-harm, (including a failure by the deceased person to preserve their own life) whether intentional or otherwise;
  • Occurred as a result of injury or disease received during, or attributable to, the course of the deceased person’s work;
  • Occurred as a result of a notifiable accident, poisoning, or disease;
  • Occurred as a result of neglect or failure of care by another person;
  • Was otherwise unnatural.

The coroner should also be informed where:

  • The death occurred in custody or otherwise in state detention – of whatever cause;
  • No attending practitioner attended the deceased at any time in the 14 days prior to death or no attending practitioner is available within a reasonable period to prepare an MCCD; 
  • The identity of the deceased is unknown;
  • The cause of death is unknown.

When a death has been reported to the coroner the registrar must wait for the coroner to finish his enquiries before the death can be registered. These enquiries may take time, so it is always best to contact the coroner’s office before any funeral arrangements are made. 

What does the coroner do?

Coroners will look to establish the medical cause of death. If the cause remains in doubt after a post mortem, an inquest will be held. If the examination shows death to have been a natural one, there may be no need for an inquest and the coroner will send a form to the registrar of deaths so that the death can be registered by the relatives and a certificate of burial issued by the registrar.

Inquests

An inquest is held to record:

  • Who the deceased was
  • When, where and how he or she came by the medical cause of death 

When a conclusion is reached, the coroner records the details needed for the registration of the death

An inquest does not determine any question of civil liability or criminal liability on the part of a named person.

Forthcoming inquests

Click on a date to see inquests taking place that day

Wednesday 7 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JEAN MORTIMER 76 LLANWRST 9.4.16 10am
ANN PATRICIA WARREN 78 GLAN CLWYD 5.9.16 11.30am
IAIN BRAMWELL ROBERTS 62 GLAN CLWYD 26.2.16 2pm


Thursday 8 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 6NB


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
JOHN ARTHUR JONES 85 NIGHTINGALE HOUSE 11.1.17 10am
BEN MCMANUS 26 MOLD 7.1.17 10.30am
JOANNE OATWAY 47 WREXHAM MAELOR 9.1.17 11.30am
KENNETH ANTHONY SPORSTON 66 COUNTESS OF CHESTER 1.10.16 12 noon
ANNALIE WESTWOOD 34 CONNAHS QUAY 23.1.17 2pm
MICHAEL DOMAN 77 WREXHAM 7.12.16 3pm
ELLEN GORDON SLAUGHTER 90 GLAN CLWYD 4.11.16 3.30pm


Tuesday 13 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
KATHLEEN MAY POOLE 80 RHYL 31.12.16 9.45am
IRENE CONSTERDINE 86 KINMEL BAY 16.1.17 10am
WILLIAM AUGUSTIA SINGLETON 75 LLANDUDNO 18.1.17 11am
ARTHUR LEONARD COLLEDGE 104 GLAN CLWYD 26.1.17 11.45am
JANET WRIGHT 79 WREXHAM MAELOR 26.1.17 12.30pm
RUSSELL WILLIAMS 74 WREXHAM MAELOR 19.1.17 2pm
MARGUERITE KINSELLA 82 GLAN CLWYD 16.1.17 2.30pm


Tuesday 20 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
AUSTIN MICHAEL BELLEW 41 HOYLAKE LIFEBOAT STATION 25.2.16 10am
GWYN CUNLIFFE JONES 77 GLAN CLWYD 26.10.16 2pm


Wednesday 21 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PETER JAMES WILLIAMS 50 GLAN CLWYD 28.10.16 10am
ARKADIUSZ DAWID 24 FLINT 10.10.16 11am
ALICE PAYNE 69 GLAN CLWYD 2.1.16 1.30pm


Friday 23 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
GEORGE JOSEPH GUNNERY 79 WREXHAM MAELOR 26.10.16 10am


Tuesday 27 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
MARIE LENORE PEDDER 83 GLAN CLWYD 18.9.16 12 noon
GARY MCDONALD GRAHAM 57 WREXHAM 10.6.16 2pm


Thursday 29 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
PHILLIP PETER CLEARY 31 GLAN CLWYD 23.3.16 11am
PRE-INQUEST HEARING
ERNEST POWELL MARGIERSON
86 WREXHAM MAELOR 30.10.15 2pm


Friday 30 June

Coroner's Court, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN


Name of deceased Age Place & date of death Time of hearing
KERRY PHILIP SIDES 53 WREXHAM MAELOR 14.5.16 11am
GLYN JONES 87 GLAN CLWYD 8.8.16 12 noon
CALLUM ROBSON MAPP 21 STOKE HOSPITAL 5.10.16 2pm



Registration of Deaths

If the coroner decides that it is necessary for an inquest to be held, then the death will not be registered until the inquest has been completed, however an Interim Death Certificate will be issued by the coroner pending full registration.

At the conclusion of the inquest the coroner will register the death with the registrar for the area where the death occurred. The register offices for North Wales (East and Central) are:

The Coroner's Office

You can contact the Coroner's Office using the details below:

Address:
HM Coroner’s Office
County Hall
Wynnstay Road
Ruthin
LL15 1YN

Email: coroner@denbighshire.gov.uk  

Telephone number: 01824 708 047